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Hudson's Hope Police Report - October 2021

Hudson's Hope RCMP have attended more than one call this fall involving aggressive bears.
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Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to 48 calls for service between Aug 18 and Sept 17. 79 written violations and warning tickets were issued to drivers between the above dates for various motor vehicle related offences. Highway and road safety continues to be a focus for the Hudson’s Hope RCMP.

There has been an increased presence on the local waterways over the past few month as well with boating regulations and safety checks being conducted with boaters in the area by the Hudson’s Hope RCMP.

Please make note of the numerous construction sites along Hwy 29 toward Fort St. John. Due to the increase of work sites along the highway, there is a large fluctuation between the speed zones for each site. Police will be monitoring these areas as they are a posted construction zone and fines will range from $196 to $253 for speeding violations within a marked construction zone.

On Aug 18, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP and local Conservation Officers responded to a report of an individual walking around the Dinosaur Lake day-use area with a firearm. Upon attending, police confirmed that the individual did not discharge the firearm but was carrying it due to an aggressive bear that was hanging around the area due to the numerous berry bushes and food sources.

No charges were issued and all persons were spoken to and educated with several bear aware tips. The problem bear was located and with the use of corrective measures (rubber bullets), the bear was convinced to vacate the area with no further issues.

On Aug 20, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a motorist along Hwy 29 for excessive speed. The driver was found to be driving at a speed of 60km/hr over the posted speed limit within a construction zone. The driver was issued an excessive speed ticket in the amount of $368 and their vehicle was impounded for seven days.

On Sept 5, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP conducted an ATV patrol throughout the various side roads and ATV trails off of Canyon Drive and Portage Mountain. RCMP stopped and conducted compliance checks on several ATV users for the use of safety equipment and vehicle registrations. Several warnings and tickets were issued to those found to be in non-compliance with the Off Road Vehicle Act.

On Sept 8, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a motorist in the school zone along Beattie Drive for excessive speed. The driver was found to be driving through the posted school zone at a speed of 45km/hr over the posted speed limit. The driver received the full excessive speed package that included an excessive speed ticket in the amount of $368, three points to their driver’s license, and a non-exclusive stay of seven days for their vehicle at the local impound lot.

On Sept 12, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP and BC Conservation conducted a joint boat patrol along the Peace River where several boaters were stopped and checked for compliance with the Small Vessel Regulations and the Canada Shipping Act, as well as several hunters being checked under the Wildlife Act. Several tickets and warnings were issued to the vessel operators and passengers for infractions found.

On Sept 13, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to a call of an aggressive bear within the yard of a residence along Dudley Drive. The bear was observed climbing an apple tree and had been huffing at the complainant the previous night being that he believed this fruit providing tree was now his. The bear eventually left the area with no further issues and the home owner was advised to clear the tree of any further apples.

On Sept 16, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP along with the North District Traffic Unit and Drive Safe BC Officer conducted a traffic enforcement patrol in the school zone along Beattie Drive. Several drivers were stopped and checked for speed related infractions along with distracted driver offences with several tickets and warnings being issued.

On Sept 17, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP attended the Hudson’s Hope Secondary School with members taking part in the local Terry Fox Run with students, staff, and volunteers who all gave their time and sweat for the remembrance of this iconic event by completing several various treks, walks, and runs throughout the streets of our community.

Lastly, on an undisclosed date and time, police responded to an accident scene where a semi-truck loaded with donated human hair, rolled over, resulting in the hair being spread over a large area of the highway. Police are currently still combing the area (full disclosure, this is a joke). 

Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the areas “Most Wanted” page.